The latest example comes from Tennessee where state Rep. Kelly Keisling (R) is telling his constituents he believes President Obama plans to fake his own assassination and declare martial law all to avoid an election against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The communications came in an email sent from a government email address in his office. Keisling forwarded the email along with a warning that the President is coordinating the rouse with the Department of Homeland Security. According to The Huffington Post, the rumor was apparently started by a Florida-based conservative blogger, and was based on an article written by Doug Hammon and posted on CanadaFreePress.com.
It’s tempting to dive in and address the crazy in the rumor with actual fact, but as we’ve seen, with this element of the Republican party facts don’t matter at all. It’s even more tempting when widespread efforts to stop citizens from participating in the electoral process have become the calling card of the Republican party and a central strategy for their goal of returning to power in all branches of government.
But none of that answers the central question of why Keisling sent this email out to his constituents. What was his goal? To raise money to campaign in an election that will be called off? As a call to arms to rise up and resist?
What, exactly, does Keisling hope his constituents will do with this information?
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